Primary AffiliationAutonomous Materials Systems
Status Affiliate Faculty
Home Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
B.A.Sc, civil and environmental engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2012
M.A.Sc, civil engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2014
Ph.D, civil engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, 2018
2023: ASCE SEI Futures Fund Young Professionals Award
2022: ASCE ExcEEd Fellow
2021: Faculty Fellow, ORMIR, Gies College of Business
2021: Levenick Sustainable Teaching Fellowship
2020: Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA)
2019: Early Postdoc.Mobility, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
2013: Canadian Graduate Scholarship, CGS M Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
2012: Ontario Graduate Scholarship Ministry of Advance Education and Skills Development
Form-finding methods for cable and tensile structures
Optimized sensor placement for civil structures
Machine learning and robotics for civil structures
Damage mitigation and risk assessment in large-scale structures
Adaptive and deployable structures
A manifestation of sustainability in infrastructure is the reduction of embodied energy and energy required in the manufacturing process. Adaptive structures show promise to address challenges for structures currently being overdesigned and unmodifiable our ever-changing environment. Emerging technologies for civil engineering structures combine sensing with real-time active feedback control which includes form-finding methods, structural dynamics, statistical diagnostic tools, sensor placement optimization, robotics, and multi-scale experimental testing. This work combines structural engineering with mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and architecture for experimental and analytical research to develop active control adaptive systems for civil infrastructure.
- Gathman, H.F and Sychterz, A.C., Design of a full-scale aluminum plate-based tensegrity structure, Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, (In-press) 2023
- Baruah, A.C and Sychterz A.C., Assessment and comparison of cable-actuation of pill bug inspired adaptive origami structure using computer vision and dynamic relaxation, Frontiers in Built Environment 2021 , https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2022.813543
- Sychterz, A.C. and Baruah, A.C., Active Control for Adaptive Origami Structures Undergoing Damage, Engineering Structures, 24, 10.1016/j.engstruct.2021.112457, 2021, 1–9
- Sychterz, A.C., Bernardi, I., Tom, J., Beemer, R. Nonlinear soil-structure behavior of a deployable and compliant anchor system, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 10.1139/cjce-2021-0204, 2021
- Sychterz, A.C. and Smith, I.F.C., Damage mitigation of near-full-scale deployable tensegrity structure through behavior biomimetics, Journal of Structural Engineering, 146 (1), 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002470, 2020.
- Sychterz, A.C. and Smith, I.F.C., Deployment and shape change of a tensegrity structure using path-planning and feedback control, Frontiers in Built Environment, 10.3389/fbuil.2018.00045, 2018.
- Sychterz, A.C. and Smith, I.F.C., Using dynamic measurements to detect and locate ruptured cables on a tensegrity structure, Engineering Structures, 173 (10), 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.06.083, 2018, 631—642.
- Bel Hadj Ali, N., Sychterz A.C., and Smith I.F.C., A dynamic-relaxation formulation for analysis of cable structure with slide-induced friction, Journal of Solids and Structures, 126-127, 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2017.08.008, 2017, 240—251.
- Sychterz, A.C. and Smith I.F.C., Joint friction during deployment of a near-full-scale tensegrity footbridge, Journal of Structural Engineering, 143 (9), 10.1061/(Asce)St.1943-541X.0001817, 2017, 1—9.
- Veuve, N., Sychterz, A.C., and Smith, I.F.C., Active control of a deployable tensegrity structure, Engineering Structures, 152, 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.08.062, 2017, 14—23.
- Dey, P., Sychterz, A.C., Narasimhan, S., and Walbridge, S., Performance of pedestrian-load models through experimental studies on lightweight aluminum bridges, Journal of Bridge Engineering, 21 (8), 10.1061/(Asce)Be.1943-5592.0000824, 2016, 1—12.
- Sychterz A.C., Schill, T. and Verspagen, B., Low-impact development measures of storm water management system at Conestoga College South Campus, Journal of Water Management Modeling, 10.14796/JWMM.C371, (2), 2014.